The annual Penarth Literature Festival ( formerly called the “Penarth Book Festival”) has had its request for a £400 grant from the Penarth Town Council refused .
The Penarth Literature Festival had requested the financial assistance grant for “brochure printing costs”.
Cllr Rhiannon Birch (Labour Cornerswell) told the council’s policy and finance committee that as the council had already made a grant to this year’s festival “in kind” worth over £400 [ by offering the use of the Kymin and the Paget Rooms free of charge] – she did not think it was necessary to give a further £400 on top of “the credit that they’d had” .
Cllr Mike Cuddy (Labour St Augustines) – in the chair – said that in this case the committee was only looking at the current financial year and the matter could be looked at afresh for the next financial year – and the committee “obviously wished the festival every success” .
Cllr Gwyn Roberts (Labour St Augustine’s) said “ We want it to be successful . It is succeeding . The best thing we can do is make sure they have the best quality premises – and in respect of that our contribution is quite significant”.
Cllr Cuddy said there was a “new kid on the block” in view of the fact that “authors were now beginning to require fees – but we were not clear whether this was an issue here yet”
The council agreed to look at any grant application afresh next year but for this year’s event (which begins next month) only assistance in kind – (£400 pounds worth of council accommodation) – will be given to the festival.